John Hemmer Archive

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John Hemmer & the Showgirls is a 35-minute documentary chronicling the American nightclub era of the mid-20th century as told through retired singer, John Hemmer’s personal and professional experiences. This award-winning film enjoyed its world premiere at Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2017 where it was honored with First Prize for Alternative Spirit in Documentary Award among other accolades.

To purchase rights to screen this film for a institution or organization event, please contact before completing the below form. The cost of arranging a screening is based on a sliding scale according to organization or institution budget.

Please note: This film is available for film festival and public and private community screenings. This film is not yet available for individual home purchase or for educational distribution. Please sign-up for the John Hemmer Newsletter to receive updates.

Your check or money order may be made out to KirstenStudio, LLC, and mailed here:

KirstenStudio, LLC
Re: John Hemmer Documentary
PO Box 302
New York, NY 10024

To inquire about exhibit of the collection of John Hemmer Archive media, please use the contact form on the Credits page.

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    This Licensing Agreement (the "Agreement") between documentary short (the "Licensor"), and the organization ("the Licensee") indicated in this Screening Application ("the Application"), is made to grant the Licensee the limited license to publicly exhibit the documentary short JOHN HEMMER & THE SHOWGIRLS ("the Film") only on the date(s) and at the venue(s) specifically indicated in the Application, in accordance with the following terms and conditions. The Licensee agrees to these terms and conditions by checking and signing below and accepting delivery of the film on DVD, Blu-Ray, or any other medium from Licensor.
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    Licensor hereby grants to Licensee the non-exclusive, and revocable license to exhibit the Film in a public exhibition to be directly sponsored, co-sponsored, hosted, or presented under the auspices of the Licensee named herein. The Total Fee ("Fee") indicated in the Application shall become due upon completion of this form. If the Film arrives in unplayable condition, Licensee may request a new copy be sent, so long as this request is made within 7 days of the date unplayable copy is first delivered. In such a case, Licensor has the option to cancel the contract with 7 days of the date the request is made and return all money paid, or resend within 7 days of such request.
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    The public exhibition of the Film shall be defined as any display, performance, viewing, screening, or playback of the Film occurring at a place open to the public or at any space where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered. Public exhibition does not apply to any broadcast, cable, or satellite transmission of the film, nor any exhibition of the film in which all viewers and playback equipment are not in the same room or venue. Licensor acknowledges that the Film may be exhibited before an audience to which an admission fee is being charged.
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